Wrestling is much more than a simple contact sport as it requires agility, physical force, determination, speed, concentration, and a bit of luck. So, if you’re ready to discover it entirely, put on your best wrestling singlets and read in this article what former wrestlers have to say about this sport and the required equipment to stay safe.
You’re building confidence
Although wrestling is no match for boxing, this doesn’t mean you cannot come up with more than one thousand ways to injure every inch of your body while wrestling on that mat. So why not take some credit for it after all?
You should be proud of what you do and even allow yourself to develop a slight superiority mentality when talking to other sportspeople. After all, cricket, tennis, and running have it lighter than you.
You’ll learn to love singlets
If you manage to get on that mat and look like a pro while wearing a ludicrous sleeveless onesie, you are ready to take over the world. At first, you may not agree with the uniform choice of this sport, but there is something refreshing in being different than others.
Out of all sports, wrestlers are the only ones that get to choose the type of gear they wear when fighting. Sure, everyone can pull off a pair of sweatpants and a tank, but do you have what it takes to look fabulous in a unitard?
You’ll hate singlets afterward
We might have exaggerated the previously mentioned love for singlets. In fact, if there is one good thing that comes after you’re done wrestling, it’s that you won’t have to see, touch or wear singlets ever again.
Not only they are unflattering, but they also take some of your manhood away and are hard to remove after an intense training session.
You think wrestling could use better ratings
Everyone can name at least a few famous boxers, not to mention football players, athletes, tennis men, and even swimmers. But how many people can point out the best wrestler in the world? Hint: it’s not The Rock or Hulk Hogan.
Unfortunately, wrestling is not much of a popular sport unless we’re talking about professional wrestling with questionable scripts and more faking than a soccer game combining Pippo Inzaghi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi, and Neymar Jr together.
If there was any justice in the world, we would see wrestling more often on TV, even during primetime.
You’re awful at admitting you’re hurt
It takes years and dozens of bruises, concussions, cuts, and sprains to call yourself a professional wrestler. And, while you think it helps you build up your character and become tougher, it will only improve your lying abilities as of how much it really hurts.
If you keep on telling yourself it’s just a bruise or a minor cut, you either have just picked up wrestling or you have an abnormally high tolerance toward pain. Either way, it’s not going to last forever, and you will have to eventually admit that every inch of your body is aching.
Legend has it that when the pain finally becomes unbearable, some wrestlers even agree to see a doctor.
You’ll miss the cool story behind every bruise and mark on your body
The good thing about retiring from wrestling is that your body will finally have some time to heal. The bad part is that you’re going to keep on bumping on things, accidentally cutting yourself or spraining your ankle while performing mundane activities, without having a cool wrestling story to backup every incident.
You can achieve immortality by becoming a video game character
Luke Gallows is a professional wrestler and a show promoter with his own video game. And seriously, how many of you can tell they’re playing themselves in the latest video game? Famous pro skater Tony Hawk has his own video game, Hulk Hogan has his own game, so why not shoot for the stars yourself?
You’ll get plenty of revenues and your fame may even increase after you end your wrestling career, which equals having more spare time to sit in the comfort of your own home and enjoying playing all day long, without having to worry about bills anymore.
You still have mixed feelings about the Olympics
Wrestling was first introduced as a sport in the Olympic Games back in 708 B.C., making it one of the oldest sports in the world. However, ever since the modern Olympics resumed in Athens at the end of the 1800s, this sport has been on and off the official script.
As a professional wrestler performing one of the original sports of the ancient world, how would you feel if your activity was cut off in a desperate attempt to make the Olympics more cost-efficient? Luckily, things got set back on the track, and this sport will appear in the 2020 and 2024 Olympic program, alongside baseball, and squash.
Weight loss stories are hilarious
Many people struggle with a few extra pounds, but when you’re a wrestler, this means you can’t be on that mat and fight. So, are you willing to go the extra mile and lose that weight before the big match next week?
Most wrestlers have to follow a strict diet plan and getting fat over the holidays is never an option. However, if they do happen to gain a few pounds, there most certainly is a funny story behind getting back in shape in such short notice.
Wrestlers have a great community
No matter your commitment to this sport, it only takes as much as mentioning it to a former wrestler or someone in the field and you’ll receive unconditional support for the rest of your life. The wrestling community is united and filled with great people willing to share their amazing stories and best kicks with others interested in practicing the sport.